Stop them

According to “Invaders ram door; shotgun fells one” on sacbee.com, one Sacramento resident didn’t have a very good Tuesday:

Several people — at least one with a gun — were breaking through the front door of his Del Paso Heights home. His pregnant wife and two children, ages 2 and 3, slept in a back bedroom.

As the would-be invaders forced the door open, the man told police, he believed he had to act. He stuck the barrel of his shotgun into the expanding gap and pulled the trigger.

A 19-year-old man took a shot to the torso, stumbled several yards and fell dead. His accomplices — police don’t know how many — fled.

And you know what? I have no problem with this. I can easily imagine doing the same thing to protect my wife and children. Standing in my front hall, shotgun in hand, with a group of people trying to force the door open, the decision seems pretty clear-cut. Let them come in to do who-knows-what to my family, or stop them.

I choose ‘stop them.’

Happily, the homeowner will likely not be subject to legal trouble for protecting his family:

Sgt. Matt Young, the department spokesman, said the home’s occupant likely won’t face charges for the early morning shooting because his actions appear to meet the standard for justifiable self-defense.

“The final disposition will lie with the district attorney, but at this time and stage of the investigation, we don’t intend to arrest him,” Young said.


Hat tip to Kim

This entry was posted in crime, happy ending. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Comment

  1. Jonathan
    Posted September 13, 2008 at 10:55 | Permalink

    I Had to laugh as the artilce said “The Bee is not naming the resident because the dead man’s accomplices are still at large.” but then the bad guys know where they were so it is really of no consequence, however if they didn’t know where they were The Sacbee printed a map!!! DOT ARROW Fatal shooting here! Carmelita ave. at Rio Linda Blvd

    Gosh!

    -Napoleon Dynamite

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*